[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-doctoral Research Associate in Atmospheric Modelling (Fixed Term), University of Cambridge, UK

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Jun 9 09:27:10 MDT 2017

*Post-doctoral Research Associate in Atmospheric Modelling (Fixed Term) 

Interested in climate change? Want to contribute?

Use your analytical skills to help solve one of the long standing 
problems in climate modelling.

Climate models need to represent all parts of the earth's system. This 
position will work on understanding the physical processes required to 
represent convective clouds. As part of a wider UK collaborative 
programme called ParaCon, we are aiming to make significant improvements 
to climate and weather models over the next five years. Working with UK 
experts in the field, you will perform simulations of clouds in order to 
unpick the important processes that contribute to the climate system. 
Improving the representation of convection will lead to a step-change in 
our ability to predict weather and climate. In addition to the UK Met 
Office, project partners include groups from the Universities of 
Cambridge, Exeter, Leeds and Reading.

This position represents an ideal opportunity to work in or move into 
atmospheric sciences, as it will involve collaborating widely across the 
UK and beyond, and working on one of the most pressing research areas 
for the understanding of weather and climate.

Based in Cambridge the post will be with Dr Michael Herzog as part of 
the atmospheric process group within the Department of Geography at the 
University of Cambridge. You will use Large Eddy Simulations (LES) to 
characterize and quantify key elements of convection. The work will be 
performed within the framework of a new parameterization, the Convective 
Cloud Field Model (CCFM) which is currently being coupled to the UK Met 
Office Unified Model (UM). The focus of the post will be to perform and 
analyse high-resolution (LES) simulations of convective clouds starting 
from simulations of idealised individual convective cloud elements 
moving towards simulations of fully interactive convective cloud fields. 
Outcomes will directly feed into improvements of CCFM and UM-CCFM to 
assess the impact on simulated climate. The UM-CCFM activities are 
supported locally by National Centre for Atmospheric Science in 
Cambridge. Outcomes from this work will not only lead to a better CCFM 
but more crucially, will inform any new or existing convection 
parameterization for the UM. The post involves travel to international 
conferences and project meetings. There will be the possibility to 
co-advise doctoral students and potentially other teaching opportunities.

Applicants should have a doctorate in atmospheric science, physics, 
applied mathematics or a related field and ideally a strong background 
in numerical modelling and atmospheric or fluid dynamics. Knowledge of 
boundary layer processes and cloud physics are an advantage. Proficiency 
in computer programming (e.g. FORTRAN) is expected.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Michael Herzog by email, 
mh526 at cam.ac.uk <mailto:mh526 at cam.ac.uk>.

Fixed term: In the first instance, the funding supporting the post ends 
on 30 June 2019. We are awaiting confirmation of a project extension 
which will provide funding for a further 7 months for this post.

Salary range: £29,301-£38,183 depending on experience.
Closing date: 2nd July 2017.
Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 17th July 2017.
Expected start date: October 2017, however, earlier and later start 
dates will be considered

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to 
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